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At, we are big fans of all things cellular shades as you probably already know. However, we do understand the importance of incorporating other window treatments in your home to complement your cell shades. One of favorite window treatments is roller shades, like cellular shades, they do an amazing job when it comes to filtering out the light and giving you privacy from the outside world.

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While they may not have the insulating properties that cell shades have, they still perform better  then the majority of available window treatments you can buy. If you have large windows that are too large for cell shades, roller shades might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. The combination of these two treatments will have your guests in awe the next time you visit your home.

For your convenience, we have a sister site that offers roller shades for both residential and commercial spaces.  Our sister site is called EcoSmart Roller Shades, just like our cellular products, we manufacturer our roller shades in house. This means we have a cost advantage over our competitors, allowing you to get the best prices online. It also allows us maintain quality control internally, you can even talk to the person who made your roller shade should you decide that you want to.


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It’s not every post that I talk about our monthly, ongoing sales: But this is one of our best –> the Tiered Sale.

Nearly every order qualifies: Save $10 on purchases of $100…. all the way up to our top tier of $500 off a purchase of $2000 or more. That’s a sale of 25% off our already-low, competitive pricing!

And what do you get with a Symphony Shade from — a quality, hand-crafted product that’s made in America.

Our Williston, Vermont factory sells direct to you, no middle man. Even our fabrics and parts are American-made. I invite you to click on About Us to learn more about our family-owned business.

Check out all our current sales, including a 15% off sale on Arches.
(current through Sunday 28 April 2013)

Once summer arrives, will you wish you had put a shade over that skylight? Or, black out shades in your bedroom? Now’s your chance at HUGE savings — and you’ll get a jump on Sprucing up for Spring! Talk about a “GREEN Solution“. The savings will slip back into your pocket.


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Sam SnowmanIf it’s COLD enough to keep a snowman comfortable in your home, consider a:

Cellular Window Shade

For your room’s window!

Cellular Window Shades are perfect for retaining your home’s heat: Today I was talking to a man who had just taken delivery of his recent shade order. He was so enthusiastic! And tonight will be the FIRST time a room (kept at 60-degrees this winter) will have SHADES in the windows at all.

“You will find it makes a WORLD of difference,” I told him, “regarding your comfort as well as the energy savings” — and that’s no mere boast. I sit directly below a “leaky” double-paned window. Today, especially, the only thing that kept me warm was the cellular window shade: I didn’t lift it up till 2 pm! (Winter sun = must “bask” in it)

Click on the snowman to visit our website – Introduce yourself, your home, and your family & pets to the same cold-weather protection my guy was so pleased to be experiencing this afternoon. Our shades are Made in America — unlike this Arctic Blast, which dropped down from Canada….

Gosh! Is it the end of the year already? has had a wonderful year — thanks to our customers, old and new! As a family-owned business, based in Vermont, we are appreciative of the continued support of everyone who surfs our website, emails, calls, or places an order. We say what we mean:

We appreciate your business!

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Keep coming back to see what 2013 has in store!

Decor Ideas for your window from TLC: “If eyes are the windows to the soul, then… windows are … one of the most important decorating decisions facing the homeowner.”

“Window treatments are more than a decorating decision… — [they] must also serve a functional end: to admit or block sunlight and to provide privacy. Window treatments need to do far more than look good.”

ANALYZE your needs:

  • How important is privacy?
  • What direction is the room’s “exposure” (south or west = sunny)?
  • Does your climate (hot or cold) call for energy-efficient window treatments?
  • Does the window’s architecture dictate a particular treatment?

How to make your Window Solution SIZZLE:

Sage Decorating ADVICE:

  • Absence of color doesn’t have to mean a lack of style at the windows.
  • Reflect your lifestyle: Casual and bold can be fun!
  • Shades “come in a range of diverse looks and executions. Compatible with virtually any decorating and architectural style”.
  • Choose from Clean-lined – Highly Decorative; Translucent – Opaque; Patterned – Solid.
  • “Because the blinds provide all the privacy and sunlight function … drapery treatment over them really can be for appearance only“. Try “fluid and spontaneous”.


Here are the hands of one of our “master craftsmen”! Julie’s video (on YouTube) shows how to replace a Smoothy Clutch in your own home (should you wish to do so). She’s one of our go-to Gals, for repairs and shade-building.

But it takes a few stages in the life of a shade to get to the “assembly” stage. So let’s back up a bit…

1 – Order Arrives at “Production”

Orders are logged into our production Log Book. Here’s the first place we look if you contact us, inquiring on an order. As the process passes from having rails cut to having fabric cut and prepped, etc – those looking will see certain marks appear next to an order. In that way, EVERYone in the company can see where in the production process any given order now is at.

2 – Various Departments “do what they gotta do”

At this stage the order’s paperwork and production labels are separated: part goes to the Fabric Department and part to the Rails Department. Everything is cut and tagged with the order’s labels. What information can be found on a production label? Your name, the order’s work number, the size (and if given) the location of the individual shade, the color number, even the year of the work order. As each department finishes an order, the Log Book gets marked up.

3 – Assembly of Your Shade(s)

Soon, all the requisite parts have been cut and gathered; everything can be placed in the production area, with the accompanying production paperwork. Production Team members are able to sign out an order, bringing the shade components to their work benches. The work benches are fun! Julie’s, as you can see (above), is crazy-quilt fabric-covered. Kitted out not only with the smaller shade parts, work benches are also replete with personal mementos. A radio plays in the backgroud, and a helpful and friendly atmosphere pervades the factory floor.

Each shade has a complex set of assembly instructions, and each shade’s paperwork indicates how many parts or what size / length for anything that needs cutting.

Then the *magic* happens!

Bits-and-Bobs are transformed into a whole, complete Window Shade:

That isn’t the end of the process – but it is the end of this blog post.

More Later!

Looking through magazines over the weekend, I came across two US-based companies that deal in designs. Blog readers of The Inside Scoop at will appreciate the ease with which you can customize more and more of your decor.

Have you ever wanted to design your own fabrics? allows the inner-William Morris in you to blossom!

With you can order fabrics based on their designs, or upload your own design and see it become unique yardage. The above fabric – CHERRY, by Troismiettes – is found under Classic –> floral. 

Posted on the site by JesseLeeDesigns is an 18-inch drum pendant light, made with this fabric:

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Envision pairing this with our new Cellular Shade color Tobago Blue — one of 17 new colors on our website. A lovely match for this little “blue” bird! Or, how about a little Shade in Espresso to match the “brown” bird? Gardenia would compliment the blossoms. The combinations are endless!

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William Morris also designed wallpaper, and York Wallcoverings offers spectacular designs for papers, with over 15,000 designs for residential and commercial applications. Their document and design archive go back to the 1700s!

If you’re interested in the history of America’s oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, watch their video!

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Don’t miss out on the Inside Scoop’s earlier blog post about Canvas Floorcoverings, made in Vermont.

Happy Leap “Day” – February 29th

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